Top things to do in Chengdu

Top Choice Wildlife Reserve in Chengdu

Giant Panda Breeding Research Base

One of Chéngdū’s most popular attractions, this reserve 18km north of the city centre is the easiest way to glimpse Sìchuān’s most famous residents outside of a zoo. The enclosures here are generally large and well …
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Chengdu

Wénshū Monastery

This Tang dynasty monastery is dedicated to Wénshū (Manjushri), the Bodhisattva of Wisdom, and is Chéngdū’s largest and best-preserved Buddhist temple. The air is heavy with incense and the low murmur of chanting; d…
Top Choice Chinese Opera in Chengdu

Shǔfēng Yǎyùn

This famous century-old theatre and teahouse puts on excellent 1½-hour shows that include music, puppetry and Sìchuān opera's famed fire breathing and face changing. Come at around 7.15pm to watch performers putting…
Top Choice Teahouse in Chengdu

Kǎi Lú Lǎo Zhái Cháyuán

For 200 years one of the city's most venerable teahouses has been tucked away in a peaceful courtyard behind a stone archway off frenetic Kuan Alley, the distant hum of which is more than countered by the sound of z…
Top Choice Museum in Chengdu

Chéngdū Museum

Spanning ancient Shu and pre-Qin to the Revolutionary era and modern Chéngdū, this five-storey museum (completed in 2016) is packed with historical and cultural relics of the city's past. Don't miss the two 'Puppetr…
Top Choice Craft Beer in Chengdu

Honey & Malt

Throw back craft beers from China and abroad – a wide selection will have hop heads coming back night after night. Stock runs low at times, but pull up to the bar and check out the high-tech LCD menu to see what's a…
Top Choice Sichuan in Chengdu

Mǎ Wàng Zi

This high-end Sìchuān joint does everything right, from service and cuisine to ambience, but it's decidedly popular so you'd do well to make reservations beforehand.
Sichuan in Chengdu

Chén Mápó Dòufu

The plush flagship of this famous chain is a great place to experience mápó dòufu (麻婆豆腐; small/large ¥12/20) – soft, house bean curd with a fiery sauce of garlic, minced beef, fermented soybean, chilli oil and Sìchu…
Dumplings in Chengdu

Dumplings Bar

Start (or end) your night in Tóngzǐlín at this very modern take on the traditional dumpling joints – there are several enticing varieties to choose from as well as a number of small plates (the eggplant is particula…
Park in Chengdu

People’s Park

On weekends, locals fill this park with dancing, song and t'ai chi. There’s a small, willow-tree-lined boating lake and a number of teahouses: Hè Míng Teahouse is the most popular and atmospheric.